The 100 day honeymoon of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has at last come to an end. It will be only fair to state that other than the online FIR system introduced, hardly any note-worthy accomplishments have been made so far, despite the great expectations and the ho-humness with which the first of the Khan’s kingdom started off.
Since clearly, the future of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf will be determined by the performance of the Khattak administration, anything less than scintillating results would push the PTI fan club down the steep road. Hence, as the bright and adroit youth of Pakistan, l believe I have a few guidelines to those who claim to bring in change.
Delegate Power but not Entirely:
Delegating power to the district level is a keen decision. It will empower individuals at grass root level and will lessen the pressure on the provincial cabinet. However, what is to be kept in mind is, that the local governments shouldn’t have superfluous tiers. Currently, it is proposed that the system would have four tiers, which is by any standard a bit too much!
It’s difficult to keep a check on the administration, not to mention it will be financially unyielding. A two-tier government would be ideal, at district and tehsil level, as long as they are empowered. Districts should be given the administration of primary and secondary schools, hospitals and should be made in charge of the rescue services along with transportation and communications.
A Strict Check!:
It should be the provincial governments’ utmost duty to dilute corruption in its jurisdiction. For starters, an antonymous independent authority should be set up for clean accountability and to slacken corruption.
The local governments, bureaucracy and political leadership should be made to understand the ramifications of exploiting their authority, and we all know, this is easier said than done. Why not make an example by pursuing corruption allegations on the former administrations involved in either the bulletproof jacket case or the Fazul-ur-Rehman’s 40-acre land in Dera Ismail Khan.
For a change, let’s make use of the valuable technology in battle against corruption; and computerize the land record for a worthwhile start.
Secure the City:
Where it’s only true that there’s only so much that could be done to fence terrorist activities in Peshawar in a short while, however, austere measures need to be taken now, if they wish to go anywhere with genuinely securing the city.
The province should also set-up an exceedingly trained rapid response security force with presence in every division to counter terrorist assaults.
An intelligence coordination committee is the need of the hour; CID, IB, Special Branch, ISI and all others should be members of the group which would pool up our intelligence and alert law enforcement agencies of any possible attack in a timely fashion.
In addition to this, more check posts should be set up between FATA and K-P to ensure that no weapons or explosives are being transported via and across the province.
Earn Political Mileage:
Every party needs mega projects to flaunt front of the opposition, Shahbaz has the metro bus and Zardari has the income support program, what should PTI have? Small projects like ‘justice on wheels’ is good but not good enough, PTI needs something its frontrunners can use for political profit.
It can’t be a bus! One, it’s Shareef’s trademark’s. Second, a bus is usually seen to do more harm than good. Perhaps, something associated to the health or education sector would be better. Maybe build a world-class university or the country’s largest hospital.
Apart from this PTI should recognize that it will be a competition between Lahore and Peshawar, and therefore they should do everything in their power to upgrade Peshawar in to a world class city.
Even if you accomplish a landmark, it is no use until the entire country knows about it. Let people know your triumphs and not just empty rants and roars of “change”. Boast through your social media the new campaigns you embark on, perhaps, ‘Naya Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’ could be catchy one.
The provincial leadership should keep the central spokespersons in continuous updates, so they can defend its actions better on national media.
Needless to say the attitude of people of K-P for the incumbent government is harsh, very harsh, so PTI would have to accomplish every milestone to survive electorally. They can on no account be any blunders; everything needs to be just impeccable in KPK for Imran Khan to prove his chants of change were not merely for pooling votes.